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The purpose of Math placement exam is to place a student into the appropriate math course to make sure the student has the skills required for that particular course. The goal is to screen potential failure rather than predict success. The student can choose one of the five tests offered: Basic Algebra, Algebra, Advanced Algebra, Trigonometry and Elementary Functions, and Calculus Readiness Test. The math placement tests can place students in classes up to Calculus I. For additional information and instructional video, please visit the Advising Center's Online Placement Testing page.
Who takes the mathematics placement exam?
The exam should be taken by every incoming freshman, by transfer students who have not taken a mathematics course in college, by students in the Adult Accelerated Undergraduate (MOD) program, and by all students who have not earned a score of 2 or higher on an AP Calculus exam.
Once you have begun your classes here at Benedictine University you are no longer allowed to take the Math Online Placement test. If classes have begun and you have no current Math placement result please see the Math Learning Specialist in the Student Success Center.
Can the Math Placement Score be used to show Proficiency in a particular math course?
No. The math placement tests are for placement purposes only. These tests will NOT be used to show proficiency. Students who wish to validate math proficiency via examination must do so by one of the following:
What is the exam format?
The questions are multiplechoice. Once done with the test, the student must click on 'Grade' TWICE.
Calculator is NOT allowed; the questions are designed to test knowledge and understanding of algebra, as well as calculation skills. The student may choose one of the following five tests. The student should review the list of topics and select the highest test he/she feels comfortable taking. Time allotted for each test generally varies from 30 to 45 minutes.
Which Math Placement Exam should I take?
If you are currently taking, or have taken, AP Calculus, Honors Calculus, or Introduction to Calculus, then you should take the "Calculus Readiness" placement exam.
If you are currently taking, or have taken, Precalculus, Math Analysis, Trigonometry, College Algebra & Trig, or Precalculus & Trig, then you should take the "Trigonometry and Elementary Functions" placement exam.
If you are currently taking, or have taken, Advanced Algebra, Algebra II, Intermediate & College Algebra, Algebra II & Trig, Advanced Algebra & Trig, Intermediate Algebra II, or Discrete Math, then you should take the "Advanced Algebra" placement exam.
If you are currently taking, or have taken, Algebra, Algebra I, Algebra A, Algebra A/B, Algebra I & Geometry, Foundations of Algebra & Geometry, Geometry, or Finite Math, then you should take the "Algebra" placement exam.
If you have not taken any of the above listed courses, then you should take the "Basic Algebra" placement exam.
1. Basic Algebra topics covered include:
Topic  
Arithmetic of Rational Numbers  
Order of Operations 

Operations with Algebraic Expressions  
Algebraic Fractions  
Exponents and Radicals  
Linear Equations and Inequalities  
Systems of Linear Equations  
Fractional and Quadric Equations  
Word Problems  
Graphing 
2. Algebra topics covered include:
Topic  
Arithmetic of Rational Numbers  
Operations with Algebraic Expressions  
Linear Equations and Inequalities  
Factoring and Algebraic Fractions  
Exponents and Radicals  
Graphing  
Fractional and Quadratic Equations and Quadratic Inequalities  
Logarithms  
Functions  
Complex Numbers  
Absolute Value  
Systems of Equations 
3. Advanced Algebra topics covered include:
Topic  
Arithmetic of Rational Numbers  
Operations with Algebraic Expressions  
Linear Equations and Inequalities  
Factoring and Algebraic Fractions  
Exponents and Radicals  
Graphing  
Fractional and Quadriatic Equations  
Logarithms  
Functions  
Comples Numbers  
Absolute Value  
Systems of Equations 
4. Trigonometry and Elementary Functions topics covered include:
Topic  
Definition of Trigonometric Functions  
Right Triangles  
Cofunctions  
Evaluation of Special Angles  
Related Angles  
Radian Measures  
Graphing  
Identities  
Laws of Sines and Cosines  
Trigonometric Equations  
Inverse Trigonometric Functions  
Distance  
Straight Line  
Conics  
Functions: Notation, Composition  
Graphs and their Properties  
Logarithmic and Exponential Functions  
Higher Degree Polynomials  
Absolute Value  
Inequalities 
5. Calculus Readiness topics covered include:
Topic  
Geometry and Measurement  
Graphs of Functions  
Word Problems, Modeling  
Concept Formulation  
Numerical Awareness  
Exponential Functions  
Exponents and Logarithms  
Equations and Factoring  
Functional Notation  
Inequalities, Absolute Value  
Trigonometry 
Should I prepare for the mathematics placement exam?
Yes! You are strongly encouraged to study before taking this exam, and to take the exam only when you feel rested, not under stress and have sufficient time to complete the test. The content information is listed with each exam description. Old mathematics textbooks can be good study aids. Here are some websites that can also help with the preparation:
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